Professor Martin Hardcastle

BA MA PhD ScD FInstP FIMA FRAS FBS FHEA CPhys, Professor of Astrophysics, Head of Department of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics

1997 …2024

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Martin Hardcastle is an astrophysicist specializing in radio astronomy, high-energy astrophysics and the physics of active galactic nuclei. He has published more than 350 papers in refereed journals. A former Royal Society Research Fellow, he worked for Cambridge, Bristol and the Open University before moving to UH. He was formerly Director of the Centre for Astrophysics Research and is now Head of Department of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics.

Research interests

  • Physics of active galaxies, particularly radio-loud AGN
  • Groups and clusters of galaxies
  • High-energy astrophysics
  • Radio astronomy, particularly large surveys
  • Statistical techniques
  • Numerical hydrodynamics

15 successful PhD supervisions or co-supervisions covering most of the above topics; 3 current postgraduate students.

Teaching specialisms

High-energy astrophysics; extragalactic astronomy and cosmology; statistics; mathematics.


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